Dear Greg and all at the Rotary Club of Diamond Creek, Please find below a letter of thanks from Mr. Edward Borketey regarding the Rotary Club's generous donation for the purchase of traditional instruments for the school. My friend Benjamin Bortei is continuing to teach the children in a volunteer capacity twice per week. I have also been speaking to Edward recently about the need for the children to have access to exercise books and textbooks. I asked him to outline the details in an email so we can better understand the nature of the request. When I was visiting the school in 2013 I took a photo of the teacher's desk which I will enclose in this email. I did not see a single textbook there that I can remember. Another High school I visited had once Science textbook for a class of about 50 students. I also purchased an exercise book and Teacher's notebook from a shop for my future reference. One of my current drum students commented that these look like the ones he had when he first started school in the early 50s. As a teacher myself I just cannot fathom the resources that we take for granted with our expectations in Western schools. Our children and our teachers are indeed fortunate to have such options and choices in education. From memory the cost per day of going to school in a government school in Ghana was 100 Gedis in 2013. In 2013 that was equivalent to approximately 50c ( US). I was told by more than one source if a family could not afford to pay the lunch fee that day then their children could not attend school on that day. I have begun fundraising for the exercise books with my drumming students and my husband and I will add to the funds and I hope to send some funds swiftly to begin this process. I have also contacted Francis to see if he is visiting or sending a container of hospital equipment anytime soon as this maybe an option to send some of the exercise books from here if there were not additional postage costs involved. I was wondering if the Rotary club could read the letter and see if there is any way this request could be supported by the club in any manner. Edward has suggested that the textbooks could be shared one between two to reduce the costs of this project but he would be grateful of any support that can be offered. The school books would need to be purchased from Ghana to be in line with the Ghanaian curriculum but any other teaching resources could be more general. I also asked him about the option of e-books but as they have only a few computers ( the drummers previously supported this venture) and the internet is so unreliable this would not be an option as it maybe in many Australian schools. Please call or email me back if the Rotary club would like any more information on this matter. Thank you once again for your previous support of the Real Paradise School. This is the registered name as there was another school or kindergarten in Ghana called the Paradise School that ha previously registered this name. Kind regards,
Words can not explain the appreciation I feel in my heart anytime the kids joyfully pick up the drums to display their dancing and drumming skills every Wednesdays and Fridays.
Most of the kids that have the habit of not coming to school regularly will not miss Wednesdays and Fridays because they will get to drum and dance.
If not because of you and the Rotary Diamond Creek how could I ever achieve this, within this short period of time. The kids are now drumming and dancing almost like professionals now especially the girls.
REAL PARADISE SCHOOL is absolutely free. No school fees, admission to the school is free and from this year January 2018 school uniforms are also free.
The only thing the kids pay is their feeding fees which is 4 Ghana CEDI's equivalent to 1.14897 AUD daily. That is those who can afford.
Out of this 4 CEDI's I pay my teachers and buy uniform for the kids and most of the time books for some of the kids.
Almost 25% of the students comes to the school without their daily feeding fee because I know they can't afford it.
One of my biggest challenge has been providing the kids with text books, exercise books and educational toys to make teaching and learning more effective.
I there plea that you forward my petition to the Rotary Diamond Creek to come to our aid. Our total number of students is 130
One exercise book here in Ghana is 1.50p equivalent to 0.430838 aud.
Each child needs at least 16 exercise books for the whole academic year.
Each child studies eight different subjects and as such needs eight text books.
A text book cost 45 Ghana cedis equivalent to 12.9233 aud
Each child needs eight of the text books.
On behalf of the kids I say thank you in advance. I believe and know that Rotary Diamond Creek will come to our aid once more.
Thank you and God bless you all.
Mr. Edward A Borketey"